Photos, Videos and Words by G.
From Left to Right: Paul Kostabi, Tony Esposito, Mark Kostabi
On April 19, 2015, composer, painter, sculptor and all around good guy, Mark Kostabi hosted a Sunday morning jam session at Dillon Gallery in New York. The show was an unofficial warm up jam for his show with Kostabeat (featuring Tony Esposito) at The Cutting Room in New York on April 21, 2015 (Tickets are available at this link, which will open in a new window).
Art by Mark Kostabi
The vibe was electric for the event and art works by both Mark and Paul Kostabi were prominently featured throughout the gallery.
Sparkl by Paul Kostabi
Here’s a video of Kostabeat performing “Kalimba.” The band features Mark Kostabi, Paul Kostabi (from White Zombie), Mollie Israel (The Lost Patrol), Paul Nowinski (Les Paul, Keith Richards and Rickie Lee Jones), Tony Esposito and Keith LeBlanc (Annie Lennox and Seal).
Mark Kostabi April 2015
Watching Kostabeat could have been more than enough, but as a bonus, we were treated to a set by artist and musician Scott Putesky, who you might remember as Daisy Berkowitz from the classic line up of Marilyn Manson. He warmed us up with a cover of the Pixies’ “Wave of Mutilation.”
In addition to the great music, I got to sample a new and delicious cocktail that just launched called Maven, which is a wine infused vodka drink! It’s available in both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and it’s delicious!!!
And before the event was over, Mark & Paul Kostabi switched it up musically and sat in with the band Contact High. A video is below.
Thanks to Mark for the invite to this rare and intimate jam session!
If you liked what you saw here, make sure you see Kostabeat at the Cutting Room in New York on April 21, 2015. Tickets are available here (link will open in new window).
HD Video, photos and words by G.
When Nirvana’s music was new in the early 1990s, I was in a “I will only listen to classic rock and Prince” phase, so I missed out on being present for arguably the last band that really changed the world. About 10 years after Kurt Cobain committed suicide, I was ready to hear Nirvana’s music with an open-minded ear, and I had a way after the fact epiphany on their greatness. For those who gave Kurt that crown in his life time, they are about to see a whole different side of Kurt Cobain that until now has only existed in myths and legends.
Courtney Love and Brett Morgen
At the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2015, I went to the premiere of Brett Morgen’s documentary “Montage of Heck,” and if you are even remotely interested in Nirvana or Kurt Cobain, I cannot recommend this movie enough to you. The film has everything you could ask for – from lots of home movies of a young Kurt Cobain to interviews with mother, father, sister, generous helpings of entries from his journals that come to life (you’ll see!), performance footage and home movies that show him as a loving, but drug addicted father (and apparently 80% of the footage in the film has never been seen before by the public). You will see that from an early age, Kurt was tremendously talented, yet also very troubled. From bad family relations to chronic stomach problems, to drug use, Kurt Cobain had the odds stacked against him from the very beginning, but he did not let any of these things deter his love of music and he made his vision of becoming a rock star a reality. What he didn’t expect (and memo to everyone post 1900 that becomes famous – everyone wants a piece of you all the time! If you don’t want that, look for a different path in life), was that you can’t just be famous and have people leave you alone. At the height of Nirvana’s fame in 1991, Kurt canceled a tour to instead do drugs and hang out in his apartment. Every time Kurt would get his shit together, the moment was fleeting and he would relapse into drug use, even after he and his wife, Courtney Love, had a child. He was haunted by magazine articles that openly called out their drug use, as Courtney owns up to being on heroin while pregnant. Coupled with the paranoia that she was cheating, Kurt Cobain overdosed on pills while on tour in Italy and committed suicide a month later at the age of 27. You’ll probably never hear “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” from their legendary MTV Unplugged appearance the same way again.
Courtney Love and Brett Morgen
“Montage of Heck,” will make you will feel like you are eavesdropping in intimate moments, when you see footage of Kurt and Courtney in the bathroom getting ready (the footage was shot by a member of Courtney’s band Hole) and you might even feel disgusted when you see the shambolic state of their living quarters, riddled with trash, but most of all, when you see Kurt nodding out from heroin use while he and Courtney are cutting their daughter’s hair, you will feel sad for a man who may have had fortune and fame, but had a pretty shitty life in most respects. After the film, director Brett Morgen and Courtney Love discussed the film and Courtney alluded to the fact that a sex tape exists (it’s thankfully not in “Montage of Heck”). Much of what they discussed is readily available in articles you’ll see about the film, but I thought the most poignant moment was Courtney Love discussing what it was like to see the film. Get the tissues ready and check out this clip.
“Montage of Heck” will be shown on HBO on May 4, 2015 and you should not miss it! Hopefully a DVD release date will be announced soon, because this is possibly the most important document that Nirvana fans could ever own (and if Brett Morgen is reading, please fill it with bonus features!!!!). Coincidentally, I recently read the book “Heavier Than Heaven” by Charles Cross and I also recommend it as it will fill in some of the gaps that this amazing 2 hour and 12 minute movie didn’t have time to get to.
Montage of Heck Poster
Photos by G. Various Artists.
Here’s a list of exhibits that are worth checking out if you are in the New York area between now and May 2015. This beats sitting on the couch and texting, according to G.
I Want To Cum In Your Heart by John Giorno
“Space Forgets You” by John Giorno at Elizabeth Dee Gallery (located at 545 West 20th Street) through May 9, 2015.
Paula Hayes – Gazing Globes
“Gazing Globes” by Paula Hayes. Through April 19, 2015 at Madison Square Park. (23rd Street and Park Ave).
“God Complex” by Joseph Grazi
“God Complex” by Joseph Grazi at Joseph Gross Gallery (located at 548 West 28th Street #232) through May 2, 2015.
Thomas Nozkowski 2015 at Pace Gallery
New work by Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery (located at 510 West 25th Street) through April 25, 2015.
“Cacophonous” by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery
“Cacophonous” by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery (located at 534 West 25th Street) through May 9, 2015.
“Mise-En-Scene” by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery
“Mise-En-Scene” by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery (located at 325 West 38th Street) through May 16, 2015.
The Drawing Room – Hans De Op Beeck
“The Drawing Room” by Hans De Op Beeck at Marianne Boesky Gallery (located at 509 West 24th Street) through May 2, 2015.
Katsushika Hokusai – “Under The Wave off Kanagawa”
Katsushika Hokusai’s (circa 1830-32) iconic “Under The Wave off Kanagawa” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art located at 1000 5th Avenue (at 82nd Street). Ongoing.
Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum
“Infinite Possibility: Mirror Works and Drawings” by Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum (located at 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street) through June 3, 2015.
Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production
Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production (located at 623 West 27th Street) through April 18, 2015.
Photos by G. Art by Peter Anton.
The Foodhist Temple by Peter Anton
Namaste! Welcome to the temple! Artist Peter Anton has created a very tantalizing new exhibit at Unix Gallery in New York entitled “Foodhist Temple” and you will not want to miss it. At the entrance to the gallery, which has been completely covered in red carpeting with the walls painted red, you are asked to take your shoes off.
The Foodhist Temple by Peter Anton
As you walk inside the shrine, instead of seeing your typical religious fare, you see life-like (but larger than life) sculptures of what Americans really worship these days – FOOD! Bacon, donuts, pizza, hamburgers, chocolates as well as cake are on display. For those who want to have a “foodhist religious experience” (so to speak), pillows have been laid out across the gallery/temple floor, so the viewer can spend time worshiping these objects.
People worshiping cake
As you can see in this picture, the sculptures are enormous, and yet look life like. Peter Anton used resin, metal, wood, clay and acrylic for the works in this show.
Bacon Thing of the Day: Gail Worley in front of a sculpture of bacon.
Again, to show you the perspective of how big these sculptures are, here’s a picture of Gail Worley worshiping at the altar of bacon. This is definitely the Bacon Thing of the Day.
Life is like a box of chocolates…
“Foodhist Temple” by Peter Anton is on display until May 9, 2015 at Unix Gallery (located at 532 West 24th Street) in Manhattan.
Photos by G. Art by ROA.
Metazoa by Roa
Belgian street artist ROA has a new exhibit at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York entitled “Metazoa.” ROA specializes in the portrayal of animals, specifically those that have been forced to dwell in the outskirts of urban society, not unlike street artists, whose work once released into the wild can often get them arrested.
Metazoa by Roa
Within each panel of ROA’s works, you can move pieces around to reveal the carcass of each animal.
Metazoa by Roa
It’s definitely worth a look if you are gallery hopping. “Metazoa” by ROA is showing at Jonathan Levine Gallery (located at 529 West 20th Street) in New York through May 2, 2015.